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How we were kidnapped, tortured and rescued – Victims

ABEOKUTA – One of the rescued victims of the kidnappers at Ogbere along the Sagamu/Ore/Benin expressway Saturday revealed that their abductors were people with full military training.

The victim, who was one of the five persons rescued by the Ogun State Police, further revealed that they were not the original target of the abductors but fell victims when the original target escaped.rubi

The victim who spoke on condition of anonymity further revealed that the abductors, whom he described as very organized, had earlier shot at their main target in a car, adding that the target was able to escape with two flat tyres.

According to him, it was at that point the abductors who, according to him, were organised in five groups, descended on their vehicle and picked the occupants at random saying ‘someone must pay for the wasted bullet.’

The victim also explained that the abductors were already talking about N100 million ransom before the police mounted pressures on them through air surveillance.

He further said that at a point when the police helicopter was hovering above them, the abductors made them to sleep, motionless, in a swamp where the police could not have detected them.

He however regretted the announcement by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, saying the announcement endangered their lives.

Another victim, Chiemela Iroha, who is the son of James Iroha of the New Masquerade fame, said it was an experience he wouldn’t wish for his enemy.

He said, “Well it is an experience I wouldn’t wish for my enemy because it looks nice for me to stand before you, you needed to see me when I got rescued, I was rough handled, I was roughened, I was tortured, name it, it’s horrible where this country is driving at, this gentlemen shot for like one hour on the road until policemen came and they ran away, and took us inside a forest till this morning (Saturday).

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the police because the pressure they gave them led to our release, if there was no pressure they would have had a field day.

“When we were held, we were put in a swamp we slept in a swamp with insect and reptiles, we moved like 30 kilometers inside the jungle where nobody has threaded, they were comfortable there, they have very dangerous weapons, they have different ammunition.

“But the moment we saw police helicopter that descended above our heads, the kidnapers took to their heels and at some point, they started being erratic, they knew that some people were on their trail.

“I also want to appreciate the local hunters, they were always coming out, we used to see them, there are some areas they couldn’t get to because they thought people can’t be there but that was where we were.

“From the language the kidnappers spoke, they are pure Fulani herdsmen no doubt about it, I wouldn’t want to go further than that. They don’t know me, I don’t know them either, I was in a bus, in fact they told us that they don’t have business with us.

“But the car they were shooting at drove away with bullet, but the guy managed to go with two flat tyres and they turned back and descended on us, they picked us randomly.”

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, said the rescue of the victims was aided by local hunters who also moved out to support the police.

He whoever cleared the air of the report of Pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), saying the only member of the Church in the abductees was a Deaconess and not a Pastor.

He said, “Four male and one female were taken into captivity by kidnapers who stopped them on the highway, we started the search immediately, but it didn’t work out the first day, yesterday (Saturday) was another day, again the search continued all the deployment we had massively and supported by the local vigilante and the local hunters.

“The helicopter didn’t stop its work we still had air surveillance that was massively and thoroughly conducted around the bush and geo-locations.

“This morning (Saturday), the first victim which was the woman that was rescued very early this morning and she has since joined her family at the Redeemed Church of God.

“We continued the search for the other four men, the pressure was mounted, as God will have it, they were equally rescued unhurt. That is to say the five persons that were kidnapped were all rescued unhurt.

“On thing I want to call the attention of Nigerians to, is to clear the air that the five of them are pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. At the time the information filtered, we didn’t have any issues to join with anyone because first and foremost they were taken into the bush, nobody knew their identity until relatives started calling.

“At that point we didn’t want to say whether they are all pastors or not but as at now the story is that only the woman is a Deaconess of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and she has since then joined her family.”

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